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Strepsils Extra are lozenges, designed to soothe the symptoms of a cold and sore throat. They taste good and are effective in temporarily reducing symptoms - however, they are not a cure.

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      04.01.2014 20:34
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      Helps with a sore throat, but not worth the 'extra' money

      I started the New Year with a dose of the flu. Although, since I get the flu injection, my symptoms were a lot milder than they could have been. One of the most annoying things was my sore, scratchy throat, so I asked my mum to get me some of these Strepsils. I normally use the honey and lemon ones, but I wanted the extra anaesthetic properties of these pastilles.

      The name Strepsils comes from the Streptococcus bacterium that can cause certain types of sore throats. Strepsils contain two mild antiseptics, which can kill the bacteria that are causing mouth or throat infections. Currently, in the UK, Strepsils are the most popular medicated sore throat treatment.

      Where these Strepsils differ from the usual ones that I take are that these ones have an extra ingredient - Hexylresorcinol, which acts as an antiseptic to help fight any infections and also as an anaesthetic to help numb pain.

      To take these lozenges, remove one from the blister pack and slowly let it dissolve in your mouth. You can take a lozenge once every 2 -3 hours, and taking more can result in an upset stomach. Sucking these lozenges can also help lubricate the throat, which has the added bonus of soothing any discomfort or dryness in the throat. While not as pleasant as the honey and lemon pastilles, these are easy enough to take. They do taste of blackcurrants, although the added extras do leave these with a slightly synthetic taste. I also find that these do leave a slightly synthetic aftertaste in my mouth as well.

      These Strepsils are suitable for adults and children over six years of age. It is advised that you consult your doctor or pharmacist though if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as these may not be suitable. The addition of various sugars (fructose, glucose-galactose and sucrose-isomaltose also means that if you are sensitive to sugars, it's best to avoid this product, unless recommended by a GP. While there haven't been many side effects reported from these lozenges, allergies or intolerances to the ingredients can result in itching or rashes.

      I am slightly undecided about these Strepsils. While they do seem to ease my symptoms, and have a slight numbing effect on my throat, it's the wrong places that feel numb. Rather than leaving my throat feeling numb, my tongue is numb, and I'm not sure how I can transfer the pastille to my throat and to the part that hurts. I feel that while the ingredients in these pastilles are good, they would be more effective in a liquid that could coat your throat. I don't feel that these are worth the extra 50p or so that these cost in relation to other types of Strepsils (though I am probably saying this as I often buy the honey and lemon ones in Poundland admittedly).

      Ingredients in these are
      Hexylresorcinol 2.4mg, sucrose, glucose, levomenthol, blackcurrant flavour (contains propylene glycol), carmoisine edicol (E122), patent blue V (E131) and each lozenge contains 1.1g glucose and 1.4g sucrose.

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        28.06.2013 18:17
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        Quick to soothe and taste great

        Whenever I get a sore throat I always reach for the Strepsils Extra Strength lozenges in blackcurrant flavour. I have used other brands but have always come back to these. The last time I had a sore throat was a few weeks ago which started with a tickle at the back of my throat and soreness when swallowing. I think it's strange but you do seem to swallow more when you have a sore throat, or maybe you just notice it more?

        The Strepsil lozenges come in packets of 36 and 16. I paid £4 from Boots for a packet of 36 but these are far better value than the 16 as they cost £2.95. You can also buy these from supermarkets such as Morrisons, Tesco, Asda, and most other chemists.

        The packet is white with purple on the front which I think is supposed to highlight the fact that they are blackcurrant flavour. The trademark S is on the front of all packets. They come in three separate strips of 12 lozenges each in a row of 3 x 4 and are easily popped out of the foil. You can smell the blackcurrant straight away which is very pleasant.

        These lozenges have an active ingredient for use in throat medication and contain Hexylresorcinol which contains anaesthetic to relieve pain and discomfort and antiseptic to fight the infection which can cause sore throats. They are suitable for adults and children over 6 years old and the recommended dosage is one lozenge to be sucked slowly in the mouth every two hours and to have no more than 12 lozenges in one day. I usually have about 4-6 in a day when I need them.

        I love the taste of these lozenges as they do really taste of blackcurrant as soon as you put them in your mouth. However due to the anaesthetic contained in them your tongue and lips do become quite numb but this is not unpleasant and wears off in about twenty minutes. You can feel a coating in your mouth and on your tongue which does also last for a while after you have finished. Although these do not cure your sore throat and only mask the symptoms you do feel as though they are actually doing something and your throat does feels much better.

        They do look quite appealing to a child as they are bright shade of purple in colour and quite large, so should be kept out of the reach of children but this applies to all medicines.

        They are a bit more expensive than some other brands but I think they are worth it as they work well for me and also taste great.

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        10.05.2013 21:13
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        Strepsils extra

        Extra sore throat busting medicine is definitely needed this week in my house. My husband and I have the most awful sore throats and cough you wouldn't believe and I know where we caught it from, the kids!!! They come home with coughs and sniffles from nursery and then are fine the next day but my husband and I see to catch it and then it comes out as a severe cold and we suffer badly.

        We are both on doctor prescribed penicillin but we also bought some of these extra strength Strepsils from Boots. I really only buy Strepsils sore throat relief when I have a sore throat as these "sweets" are actually medicated, compared to other throat sweets that just have some runny honey or fruit flavours in them to keep your throat nice and moist.

        Strepsils Extra actually contain an active ingredient for use in throat medicine It is called Hexylresorcinol and each lozenge contains 2.4mg. Now, I'm not really sure if that's a large amount of throat medication or a small amount but I do know this, it works well. As I am sucking the sweet my mouth does feel better and over time I actually think they help to heal my throat a bit faster which is great. The lozenges also contain an anaesthetic to relieve pain and discomfort and also antiseptic to fight the infections which can cause sore throats. To know that the sweets are helping to take away the main cause of the infection too is great as hopefully this will mean it won't come back for quite a while even if the kids come home sick again.

        The lozenges have a pleasant blackcurrant taste to them so they are nice and easy to eat and not too medicine tasting. Each sweet is individually packed in a foil blister pack so you know each one you have is fresh and new. What's great about the packs too is that you can split them if, like us, there are two of you in the house eating them!

        A pack of 36 tablets costs £4 which I think is quite good value, ok, they are a bit more expensive than other throat sweets but they really do work and my throat definitely thanks me for that.

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        24.03.2013 10:13
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        There's one type of weather we can always count on here in good old blighty. Cold and wet. And with the same tedious inevitability, comes the latest round of colds and flu. Thanks to the increasing number of citizens who think it's perfectly fine to cough or sneeze while making no attempt whatsoever to cover their mouths, it spreads faster than ever before.

        One of the worst symptoms of colds are sore throats. Being so bunged up, that you've little recourse but to breathe through your mouth, you are soon wishing that you had something that would make you feel less like swallowed a cactus. Her indoors swears by a mixture of honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice (that I have to make, naturally). I prefer a different approach.

        One benefit of Strepsils is portability. You can take them with you with far greater ease than a bottle of the usual linctus. Not only do they release vapours that help to clear your nose - though only to a certain extent - they also mix with saliva to a consistency that helps coat your sore throat.

        Where the "extra" element comes in is the addition of Hexylresorcinol. It is an antiseptic which pays real dividends when up against bacterial throat infections, but it also contains anaesthetic. This does take the edge of the soreness and allows you to either get on with your day, or drift off to sleep.

        Unsurprisingly, the lozenges contain fructose and glucose. If you are diabetic, you'll already be on the lookout for this. Even if you are not, you shouldn't take more than 12 lozenges in 24 hours. As with anything medicated, you should always read and be aware of manufacturer warnings. Do not give it to those under six years old.

        A pack of 16 lozenges will cost around £3.40 - 20p per Lozenge. It will seem like a very modest investment when you are in need.

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        21.03.2013 15:16
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        not for me - think i'll stick to the tablets and soothing drinks next time

        Those of you who read my last review on Lemsip Max Strength lemon drink will know that I had a bout of man flu last week. Thankfully, I'm over it now and feeling right as rain again! I hate being ill because I'm not usually a sicky person.

        Anyway, in an attempt to shake the cold I tried many different tablets, drinks and remedies, all with differing degress of success. Recommended to me by many people were Strepsils Lozenges. Now, i'd heard of these before and even seen others sucking on them when feeling poorly, but i'd never tried them for myself. I tried the blackcurant flavour in a sixteen lozenge pack because i thought these would be the best tasting. However, i have to say that i wasn't that impressed with the flavour, it was rather strange.

        They are generally designed for sore throats and coughs. The lozenges contain an active ingredient to kill bacteria associated with mouth and throat infections. It also acts as a local anaesthetic to numb the pain. The packet suggests that sucking the lozenge slowly, will help to lubricate your sore throat and gently displace the pain. They're recommended for persons six years and over because you have to suck them and therefore there is a risk of choking and the lozenges are about the size of a twenty pence piece. You are advised to take a lozenge every two to three hours depending upon how you feel and no more than a maximum of twelve lozenges in a twenty four hour period.

        I didn't like the anaesthetic effect because it felt very weird indeed and left me with a horrible warm irritation in my mouth. After about five minutes I decided that i didn't want to carry on with the lozenge and made the decision that they just weren't for me. I'm sure that some people would like the feeling that the lozenges give, but I just didn't like or get it. Also i felt that when ill and feeling generally low on energy and under the weather, I didn't want to be sucking on a lozenge. I'd rather just take a tablet or sip a drink.

        For me then Strepsils Lozenges were a waste of money, but they only cost a couple of quid or so to buy, so not the end of the world. I'm sure that if I did endure with them then they would have worked because they did seem to be doing exactly what was indicated on the instructions.

        I give Strepsils blackcurrant lozenges two dooyoo stars **

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        17.02.2013 00:39
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        Does what it is meant to and this makes them worth your money!

        I can generally tell when I am about to become ill because I get a really sore throat where it becomes very painful to both speak and swallow food and drink (Well, this happens to the majority of us before a viral infects such as a cold, for more information, see the next paragraph). This sore throat can last up to about 3 or 4 days before it clears and I then get the classic cold symptoms of a runny nose, sneezing etc...


        *Ignore this paragraph unless you want to learn about the immune system*
        Just because I am a science guy, this is why we get sore throats from a cold before other symptoms generally.
        A "Cold" is a type of virus, a virus is tiny protein with harmful DNA at its core, the sole purpose of a virus is to infiltrate one of your cells and multiply to spread this strand of DNA into the cells around it, hijacking them. Your immune system know this though and, before the body can identify the virus in question, will send cells known as phagocytes to go to where these harmful viruses are located a destroy them by any means possible. The means they take is to "eat" the cells a virus could be hiding in. These phagocytes are pretty much brutes, they do not think about what they are doing and eat everything nearby just to be safe, not only will the cells containing the viruses be "eaten" but also healthy cells surrounding them too. As the throat is usually one of the first places viruses get to when they enter the body, this is where the phagocytes usually take first action and hence, as they are eating many of the cells in your throat, it becomes very sore and brings along the appropriate symptoms.
        This is a very simplified version, if you want more information, contact me.
        *Sciencey-bit pretty much over now*


        The strepsil tablets have an anaesthetic property which helps to numb the receptors in your throat to the pain caused by the damage to its cells and therefore is what stops you from feeling the symptoms. Although it feels better, it is not actually making it any better - however, if it stops your pain, it is doing its job after all I suppose! This is that the antiseptic property also advertised is for. However, this is almost completely useless as it does very little. An anti-septic kills living cells but a virus is not a living cell and therefore is unaffected by antiseptics, it it were affected then we would have cured the common cold many years ago. As the majority of us will be using strepsils due to a cold or flu, the antiseptic property will do almost nothing for us and is really just a marketing scheme by placing this on the box.


        From one tablet, I will usually get around 2 hours of good relief from a sore throat before having to take another. Although this seems pretty good, you must take into account that over the course of a day, this could mean you are having 6 or 7 tablets per day. If you have the sore throat for 3 days, you could therefore be getting through an entire pack fro just a single cold. If you suffer from sore throats often or if you have others in your household who may need it, the costs could build up as these are not the cheapest throat tablets you can buy at around £5 at the shops near where I live.


        The tablets come pack individually in foil backed clear-plastic containers which makes them perfect for storing for over a few winters before the expiry date comes up. Although I cannot recommend doing this, about 3 days ago, because of a terrible sore throat (Which did develop into a bad cold) I took some of these as as I trusted the long Use By date of strepsils took one without looking before realising they passed it about 6 months ago. The tablet seemed fine and had no unusual taste and I am not dead now as a result of it, but be careful as the date isn't written on each of the tablet containers either so if you throw away the box, you may not know when you must throw them too.


        These strepsils are about the size and thickness of a pound coin and are a deep purple colour. Their texture is pretty much the same as a hard boiled sweet and you are supposed to use them by sucking them until gone. They are flavoured blackcurrant and actually do have a pretty accurate flavour reproduction which is surprising.


        The one thing which I do not really like about the actual product is that it seems to make my tongue numb. I am guessing this is the anaesthetic and this therefore assures me that it actually works. The numbness will last for around an hour (Although it is only mild from the start and only slightly noticeable after about 15 minutes any way). This doesn't affect talking or eating one bit and nobody will be able to tell that you have a numb(ish) tongue but it, at least for me, makes food difficult to taste for a while.


        I know that I have criticised this product for a number of things throughout this review, however do not take this the wrong way, I am just being very critical of everything related to the product and I actually do really like the strepsils themselves. After all, you buy these to sooth your sore throat and they do this fantastically, for this alone I would recommend you purchase these, I definitely will continue to!

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        20.01.2013 12:44
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        Helps to alleviate sore throats for a while.

        My family have all been down with a cold for the last week and today I am feeling a little worse for wear with it. Luckily I picked up a pack of Strepsil Extra Lozenges a few months back as I think they are pretty handy to have tucked away in the medicine box and I have been using them for the last few days to relieve my cold symptoms.

        I bought this pack of 36 Strepsils Extra Lozenges for £1 from poundland although their use by date is in a few months. Of course they can be bought in supermarkets, chemists and most corner shops too. 

        The Lozenges are presented in a cardboard packet which can of course be recycled when finished with. "Strepsils" is written in large lettering in the centre and underneath that "Extra Strength". The flavour is also given, in this case it is Cherry, at the side there is also a picture of red lozenge. The use by date is given on one of the sides. The back of the box gives a lot of important and useful advice, there is also an ingredients list. Like all medicines it is advised to keep this products out of reach and sight of young children as it presents a choking hazard, these lozenges should not be given to children under six. Some people may be allergic to some of the ingredients in these Lozenges, so those in doubt should ask their pharmacist or doctor for advice, as should pregnant / breastfeeding women.

        Strepsils claim that these lozenges are triple action as they sooth discomfort, numb pain and have an antiseptic action. 

        * Local anaesthetic action to help numb pain and discomfort

        * Antiseptic to fight the infections which can cause sore throats

        * The demulcent base soothes the discomfort and pain

        Directions for use are also given which suggest simply allowing one lozenge to disolve in the mouth. This can be done every three hours but no more than 12 lozenges should be taken within 24 hours.

        The Lozenges themselves come in the usual foil container and are easy to dispense by simply applying pressure to the plastic backing. The cherry ones are red in colour and look much like any hard sweet. They are indeed hard all the way through and do not have any liquid inside like Lockets do.

        I have been using these for a few days now, I simply pop one in my mouth every few hours and   allow it to disolve, they usually last 3-4 minutes. As I mentioned earlier I have the cherry flavour lozenges, to me they do taste rather synthetic and artificial, that being said I wouldn't say they are unpleasant at all. They taste of cherry "flavour", they are nice enough but a little sweet for my liking. However, after taking these for a few days I do feel they are beginning to feel a little sickly. It does not take long for the lozenge to get working. The anaesthetic works well at numbing the throat which relieves some of the pain, however it also numbs my tongue and actually makes my mouth feel a little unpleasant. Whilst they do make my throat feel a little better it is short lived. The relief comes whilst I am sucking the lozenge and for around ten minutes after it has fully disolved, after that my throat begins to feel sore again. 

        Strepsils Extra Strength lozenges are not a wonder cure for a sore throat but to be honest I was not expecting them to be. They do work at alleviating the pain for a while and soothe the throat but the longevity of this is not brilliant. Whilst I have this cold I will continue using these lozenges and would probably buy them again as any relief from a sore throat is better than none.

        Strepsils Extra Strength Lozenges are available from most supermarkets and chemists, prices vary by retailer and pack size.

        Superdrug : (16) £2.85, (36) £4.49

        Tesco: (16) £2.75, (36) £3.50

        They are available in Blackcurrant and Cherry flavour.

        *Strepsils are a medicine and it is important to read the instructions in the box carefully before using.

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          03.08.2012 20:23
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          A round blackcurrant throat sweet that soothes sore throats.

          I have been struck down by an awful virus this week, hence the sudden surge in reviews. The thing I hate the most about a cold/virus above all is the bunged up nose, but coming in a close second is the painful sore throat. I'm lucky in the sense that I do not get many of these colds but when I do, boy do I get them! The first thing I reach for my throat is Strepsils Extra - which in my opinion do help take the edge of the pain, but I do think it is psychological, slightly.

          Strepsils are available from about £3 in all good supermarkets and other outlets, although the prices do vary. I tend to always buy these "extra" ones rather than the cool, warm ones etc as I find they are the only ones with a bit of punch behind them that do help take the pain of a sore throat away.

          I like the taste of the blackcurrant flavour over the honey flavour that they do - although I would avoid eating or drinking anything after sucking on one of these as it makes it taste horrible! Been there got the t-shirt!

          The advantages of using Strepsils Extra are the pain relief from your sore throat and they also numb the back of the throat which is great, the blackcurrant flavour is nice and the smell is also yummy, and they are well priced.

          On the down side, I would say that only having two flavours to choose from in a world where people can have anything they want is a slight negative. I find the packaging very boring and unattractive - surely they could come up with something a little more imaginative?

          I guess the ultimate question though is it all just psychological?

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          Not bad tasting throat sweets

          ~Strepsils Extra Black Current~

          Colds and sore throats are two of the most common ailments that we can all suffer from and because of this, the companies who produce the remedies for such ailments, continue to do so well. Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare who hold the license for Strepsils lozenges are no exception. They have a great Strepsils website, which tells you all you need to know, from the products they produce to the care and treatment of your sore throat.

          Strepsil Lozenges come in a variety of different flavors, and there are more than ten different formulated lozenges to choose from, ensuring you that you will find the right lozenge to meet the needs of your sore throat.

          You can find out lots of useful information, including ingredients etc. here http://www.strepsils.com/treating_your_throat/index.php

          ~I'm Always Prepared~

          In my medicine cabinet you can guarantee there is always a packet of Strepsils, ready for when the next sore throat happens to come along, which I might add is more often than not.

          The Strepsils lozenges come in a box, containing 3 foil blister packs of 12 individual lozenges. The box states, that each lozenge contains two antiseptic ingredients (2,4-Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol & Amylmetacresol) that are used in throat medications for the symptomatic relief of mouth and throat infections.

          These lozenges are only suitable for children over the age of six years and of course adults. You are advised to not take more than twelve lozenges in one day. I tend to dissolve one lozenge slowly in my mouth every two to three hours, sometimes more often. If you have any sugar intolerance or you are pregnant, it would be advisable to seek advice from your GP, there is also a risk that these lozenges could cause an allergic reaction, including asthma, but this is more common, only if you are allergic to aspirin. So in any of these instances, it is best that you seek medical advice before taking the lozenges.

          You can find Strepsils at any chemist, supermarket or drugstore and they cost around the £3.00 mark for 36 lozenges.

          ~Not A Miracle Cure~

          The strepsils do smell quite strongly of black current. I often buy this flavor although I do get sick of it sometimes. I suffer from a lot of sore throats, which are sometimes painful and make me feel very irritable, I know that taking Strepsils lozenges is not going to cure my sore throat, I do realize that, but they are a nice short term relief to the burning sensation I feel in my throat. They do soothe and have a nice strong taste, I personally can smell and taste the medicinal edge to the lozenge and although it's probably only psychological, this always helps me and my throat feel a lot better. Once I have finished a lozenge I notice a fresh, medicinal aftertaste in my mouth which I find quite nice and the ability to breath clearer as well, which I find is a bonus.

          To sum up what I think of the lozenges, I'd say that although they are medicated, I personally don't think they really do anything special, except ease my pain for a short time, when I am suffering from a sore throat.

          I would personally recommend them and have decided to give them 3 stars because although they don't actually make your throat better, they do have quite a strong and pleasant taste.

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            A great, long lasting pain relief for gnarly throats!

            Winter is here. It's right upon us. It's right upon me anyway - on my throat, chest, nose and joints! Damn you flu! I've been blessed with my first winter bout of flu. Note the sarcasm there in that last sentence. I feel as sick as a dog, and sitting in work feeling sorry for myself really isn't helping! I started with a sore throat a few days ago now, and it's only getting worse. Thankfully, some clever person came up with a lozenge, commonly known as the 'Strepsil', which can temporarily cure the murderous pain of a sore throat. Even more thankfully, some even cleverer person came up with a lozenge, known as "Strepsil Extra", which goes that little bit further to last that little bit longer and work that little bit better than the original. My spotty tonsils and raw gnarly throat are, for the moment, causing me no pain whatsoever, and I'm grateful!

            Anyone that has ever had a sore throat in their life will more than likely be familiar with the 'Strepsils' brand name. "Strepsils Extra" is one of the newer products in their range of sore throat treatments which has been produced to last longer and be more effective than the original Strepsil lozenge. The "Strepsils Extra" lozenges are for more painful and troublesome sore throats which need that added pain relief boost, and come in two different flavours - Blackcurrant and Cherry. These lozenges contain the active ingredient Hexylresorcinol, which acts as both an antiseptic and an anaesthetic. "Strepsils Extra" are formulated to numb the throat to relieve the pain, and fight the bacterial infection to help your throat heal quicker.

            You can purchase "Strepsils Extra" from any high street chemist such as Boots, Lloyds, Taylors etc, and from any good local pharmacy. You can also purchase "Strepsils Extra" from supermarkets such as Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury's. This product can also be found in all good high street stores which stock medicinal products such as Superdrug, Bodycare and Savers.

            "Strepsils Extra" come in two sizes of pack. The first is a 16 lozenge pack which will cost you around £2.90. This works out at 18p per lozenge. The second is a 36 lozenge pack, which will cost you around £4. This larger pack works out at 11p per lozenge. Although the larger pack does seem rather expensive for what it is, the overall cost of each lozenge is much cheaper, and "Strepsils Extra" have a very long date on them, meaning one box can last you through a good few winters! I'd always suggest paying that little bit more and purchasing the larger of the two boxes.

            To look at, "Strepsils Extra" look very much like rounded boiled sweets. The blackcurrant and cherry flavours are coloured just as you would imagine them to be - purple and red. The lozenges measure approximately 1cm across and are round in shape. The "Strepsils Extra" lozenges are rather appealing to the eye, as they look just like sweets (which is an instant warning to keep them out of reach of children). Due to the fact they do look like sweets, it will be easier for an adult to get a child of the age 6+ to suck one of these lozenges without the hassle and frustration that usually comes with trying to get medicine inside them!

            Both the blackcurrant and the cherry flavoured "Strepsils Extra" smell wonderfully appealing. This is definitely a plus, as most medicines smell absolutely foul. The lozenges have a fruity scent, and do not smell like a medicine at all, much more like a sweet. Due to the fact they both appear and smell like sweets, I would advise that you keep these "Strepsils Extra" out of reach of children (as you would with any other medicine), as their deceptive candy-like qualities could be too tempting for those who don't know any better!

            The taste of these "Strepsils Extra" lozenges is rather very pleasant, as opposed to the ghastly flavour of most medicinal products. My favourite of the two flavours is definitely the blackcurrant, but both flavours of this product are equally pleasant. The fruity flavour does last for the entirety of the lozenge life in the mouth, however it does wain a little and give way to a slightly more 'medicinal' type tinge on the taste as the product gets to work. This medicinal flavour isn't unpleasant, and is not noticeable once the mouth has begun to numb.

            The ingredients used in these "Strepsils Extra" lozenges are as follows:
            Hexylresorcinol 2.4mg, liquid sucrose, liquid glucose, propylene glycol. Please do not use these "Strepsils Extra" lozenges if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used.

            Using "Strepsils Extra" is really simple, for both adults and children (over the age of 6 years) alike. Simply remove one of the lozenges from the pack and pop it in the mouth. Allow the lozenge to dissolve slowly in the mouth (or suck them like a sweet like I do). Use only one lozenge every 3 hours as required. Do not give to children under the age of 6, due to the risk of choking. Do not exceed the stated dose. I'd like to say here, for honest purposes, that I have exceeded the stated dose a few times by accident, and haven't dropped down dead or needed medical attention. From reading the information, the only common side effect I can see from over use is that of a laxitive effect - but please try to stick to the stated dosage!

            "Strepsils Extra" packaging follows that of other Strepsils brand products, which makes them rather easy to spot on the shelf. The lozenges are blister packed in strips which are encased inside an outer cardboard box. The box is, for the majority, white in colour, with the front of the box bearing the 'Strepsils' name rather large straight across the centre and featuring the Strepsils logo which is a rounded lozenge shape featuring the 'S' through the middle. The front of the box has a red or purple sash beside the lozenge logo (dependant on which flavour you purchase) and states the flavour, and the active ingredient name. The front of the box also tells the purchaser how many lozenges are inside the packet, and that this product is 'pain relief for sore throats'. The back of the box goes into greater detail, stating what the product is, what it can be used for, how to use it and what the ingredients are. With Strepsils, you can't really go wrong!

            In my opinion, these "Strepsils Extra" are superb in combating the pain and discomfort that is attached to a sore throat. I absolutely hate having a sore throat because every time I swallow I feel like my throat is being shredded by a billion shards of glass. "Strepsils Extra" lozenges work to relieve that terrible pain and soothe the discomfort caused by having a sore throat. These "Strepsils Extra" lozenges are much more effective than any other lozenges on the market for throat pain, including Halls Soothers, Tunes, Original Strepsils etc. The lozenges get to work quickly and numb the throat and tonsils to enable you to get on with your day. The active ingredient in these lozenges, Hexylresorcinol, acts as both a anaesthetic to combat the pain and an antiseptic to fight the infection. "Strepsils Extra" work both harder and longer than regular Strepsils, and I would recommend using these in times of severe throat pain, for example the first few days of having a cold/flu/tonsillitis etc. If you need that extra boost in the battle against throat pain, and you need the temporary pain relief to last that bit longer, give "Strepsils Extra" a go and let them work that bit harder for you!

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              10.11.2010 12:33
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              Very good and easy treatment for sore throats

              Strepsils as a brand have been around for years, and have had a long association with the treatment and relief of sore throats. Over time they started to expand their range, and so along came these Strepsils Extra.

              I've used these on and off for quite a while now and can thoroughly recommend them for anyone who is struggling with the ravages of a sore throat.

              But lets start by looking at what they are and what you get with this product. Strepsils Extra cost around the £4 mark for 36 lozenges. The Extra tag doesn't mean you get any more lozenge (as in 10% extra free) it just means that they are extra strength. I bought the blackcurrant flavoured variety (because I happen to like blackcurrant), but they also come in a cherry flavour if you don't like the blackcurrant. If you don't like either flavour, then you could be in trouble!! But the Strepsils original variety (not as strong?) does come in a variety of different flavours if you're really stuck.

              The packet is fairly plain being just a plain white box with the word 'Strepsils' across the top and 'Extra Strength' just below. For the blackcurrant flavour it has a sort of purple coloured banner with 'blackcurrant lozenges' written across it. Inside, each of the lozenges is blister packed so that they are kept fresh and don't stick together.

              They are recommended for relief and treatment of sore throats causing medium to what they call a 'more troublesome' sore throat. The active ingredient is 2.4 mg of Hexylresorcinol. Many probably wouldn't understand exactly what that is, but it is known to have antiseptic properties (which will treat the throat infection) and anaesthetic properties (to numb the throat and treat the pain). You can also apparently use this ingredient to treat small skin infections (if you're really desperate and need something quick).

              The idea is that you take a lozenge like a sweet where you put it in your mouth and such on it. Now the idea of a lozenge, treatment, antiseptic etc in your mouth might sound bad, but the blackcurrant flavor really hides all the medicinal properties quite well and makes sucking on the lozenge quite a pleasant experience. I've found that once it starts to dissolve slowly in your mouth, the anaesthetic properties start to take effect pretty quickly and numbs the sore throat pain very effectively. The lozenges are not particularly big, but I find that they tend to last for about 10 to 15 minutes.

              Sometimes it is a struggle not to bite into the sweet (it can be so tempting!!) which you shouldn't do because it will mean that the lozenge will not last as long. The recommended dosage is one every 3 hours, but I tend to find that the relief provided by the lozenge tends to wear off after a couple of hours or so. So I have at times taken them again after an hour or so with no ill effects (I think I'm still alright as a result - just don't tell anyone!!!)

              In summary, they may be a little on the expensive side at around £4 a box of 36 lozenges, but they are very effective at treating a sore throat in a pleasant sort of way where that blackcurrant flavour really comes through to hide the medicinal properties.

              So highly recommended for the treatment of sore throats.

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                Good for sore throats & colds

                When you have a very bad sore throat and Lockets aren't providing anything other than temporary relief you need to go for something stronger. I usually end up with Strepsils when my throat is very bad and you can now buy Strepsils 'Extra' (in blackcurrant or cherry flavour) medicated sweets. These cost me £2.85 for 16 and the main selling point of these is that they have Hexylresorinol, which provides antiseptic treatment for your infection and has anaesthetic qualities to numb your sore throat.

                You can take one every three hours and are not supposed to exceed twelve in a 24 hour period. These sweets are much stronger than Tunes or similar medicated sweets and really are very effective in numbing your sore throat. They will not completely eradicate it by magic but the properties in the Strepsils will gradually help to ease your ailment away and they do effectively numb your throat for a time when you've just consumed one, which is the most important thing because there are few things more irritating and uncomfortable than a very bad sore throat.

                As long you can resist crunching into them the Strepsils will take between five and ten minutes to dissolve in your mouth and the effects do come on quite quickly and provide welcome relief. I find that when suffering from a bad sore throat one of these eases the soreness and irritation for a good 40 minutes to an hour so they are worth their weight in gold if you do pick up something nasty. These are not sugar free and in addition to Hexylresorinol, contain Sucrose, Glucose, Levomenthol, Blackcurrant Flavour (containing propylene glycol), Carmoisine Edicol (E122), Patent Blue V (E131). Each Lozenge contains 1.1g glucose and 1.4g sucrose.

                I generally prefer cherry to blackcurrant in my cough sweets as blackcurrant always tastes more artificial to me in sweets for some reason. I've only tried the blackcurrant Strepsils Extra though and I found the taste was ok. Not too sweet or artificial and quite pleasant. An extra strong medicated sweet of some kind is essential when you get to the sore throat part of a bad cold and Strepsils Extra therefore get a big thumbs up from me.

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                09.11.2010 19:15
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                Worth buying if you've got a really bad sore throat.

                Sometimes, when you're suffering with a sore throat ordinary throat lozenges won't suffice and Strepsils Extra is needed to dull the pain.

                These lozenges come in packs of 16, 24 and 36 and they come in blackcurrant and cherry flavour. You can buy them at the chemist and I've also seen them on sale in all of the major supermarkets.

                You can expect to pay around £3.00 for a packet of 24 - this is more than you'd pay for other over-the-counter throat soothing remedies - but with Strepsils Extra you're paying for an added, medicated strength.

                The key ingredient that makes Strepsils Extra different from others is the fact that they contain 2.4mg of Hexylresorcinol - this is an antiseptic that will fight bacterial infection and it also has anaesthetic properties to relieve pain.

                Anybody over the age of six can take these Strepsils Extra, but you can't take have more than 12 within a 24 hour period and you should try to wait around three hours before taking your next Strepsils Extra.

                The lozenges are stored in a silver blister packet which comes inside a cardboard box - so you pop the lozenges out of the packet as and when required. The box itself is made of cardboard and it has the Strepsils Extra branding on it. On the back of the box you can read a product overview - which will explain when to take these lozenges.

                Each Strepsils Extra takes about ten minutes to dissolve in your mouth and you can feel it numbing your throat almost instantly. They really do ease throat pain and this feeling lasts for a good hour after you've taken the lozenge. However Strepsils Extras aren't a cure - they just help you facilitate the pain.

                Personally I prefer blackcurrant Strepsils Extras, but the cherry ones are also nice. Both flavours are full of fruity flavour and they aren't difficult to eat - in fact they're quite tasty.

                When I'm suffering with a really sore throat I make sure that I buy a packet of Strepsils Extra because they take the pain away - for a while at least. Four stars.

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                  A very good throat 'sweet'

                  I suffer from severe sore throats now and again which according to the doctors is 'just one of those things'. If it turns into a chest infection I do normally require antibiotics but if it isn't infected then normal over the counter remedies have to suffice..this is where the likes of Strepsils Extra comes in.

                  I have tried all the varieties of the regular strepsils range in the past and while I do admit they bring some relief to the problem, they just don't seem to be strong enough to numb the pain entirely.

                  When I noticed the strepsils extra recently in Superdrug I wondered what the difference - apart from price - there would be.

                  Strepsils Extra come in packs of 24 and are identical in the looks department to their regular counterparts in the fact they are a circular shaped and come in blisters packs.
                  These are housed in small rectangular shaped boxes which are predominantly white with the logo on the front, whilst on the back of the box is the ingredients and directions and other valid information.

                  Though there are many flavours in the *normal* strepsils range I have only come across the two in the extra range so far, being Blackcurrant and Cherry.

                  I chose the cherry flavour as it's a preference of mine though I'm sure the blackcurrant would have been just as good.

                  My opinion~
                  The main difference with these types of strepsils is they contain something called Hexylresorcinal which is apparently not only is an antiseptic, but also contains an anesthetic to numb the pain.
                  It's designed for very severe sore throats and I thought they were definitely worth trying.

                  On removing from the packet the rows of strepsils are clearly visible on one side of the blister and on the other have the standard foil covering that pierces very easily.

                  Though their is an obvious cherry aroma from this throat sweet there is also an overwhelmingly strong medicinal scent that goes with it. With my throat feeling like I'd swallowed broken glass I wasn't too concerned and thought if it helped to ease the symptoms then I wasn't too bothered by the initial scent.

                  The taste is exactly like the aroma - cherry mixed with a very strong antiseptic flavouring though not entirely unpleasant, it's not exactly nice either.

                  Each strepsil lasts approximately 5 to 10 minutes and I prefer to let them melt slower in my mouth so my throat gets the maximum benefit from the antiseptic properties.

                  Results?
                  I used the entire pack within the week and I have to say to a degree they do ease the soreness. The effects are almost instant and they do feel like they are working more effectively than the regular strepsils as the numbing effects are far more obvious.

                  Recommend?
                  If you suffer from painful sore throats and find regular strepsils just don't work very much then these are definitely worth the extra few pence as they are far stronger. They definitely relieved some of the pain from my throat for up to half an hour, which okay may not sound long but when every breath is exceedingly painful then 30 minutes seems like a lifetime.

                  I would say these are worth their weight in gold, which for the very reasonable price I paid - £3.09 - is a bargain considering that regular strepsils are anything from £2.50 upwards.

                  These do take some of the discomfort out of a severe sore throat but don't cure it totally, but at the end of the day any respite is a bonus.

                  For a full list of ingredients and how to use please consult the instructions but a basic using guide is:

                  *Dissolve one lozenge every 3 hours as required
                  *Do not exceed the stated dose
                  *Not for children under 6 years

                  Worth a try..

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                  So value for money? Well yes if they work I think they are value and they do!

                  As the name suggests these Strepsils have that little bit more than your average regular Strepsil. This small lozenge acts as pain relief for those horrible and uncomfortable sore throats. They cost a little more but the anaesthetic effect is well the extra pennies! I have used these on numerous occasions and have found them very effective.

                  Strepsils Extra has an active ingredient of 2.4g Hexylresorinol which provides anaesthetic which relieves the pain of a sore throat and antiseptic which will fight the infection of your sore throat. These combined make for a great throat lozenge. It also contains the following ingredients:
                  Sucrose, Glucose, Levomenthol, Blackcurrant Flavour (containing propylene glycol), Carmoisine Edicol (E122), Patent Blue V (E131). Each Lozenge contains 1.1g glucose and 1.4g sucrose.

                  The lozenges are not suitable for children under six year's olds. Over six years and adults you can take one lozenge every three hours and no more than twelve in twenty four hours although I never felt the need to take that many in a day. To take them you just suck them until they have dissolved. It will take a couple of minutes and you feel the effect instantly.

                  As soon as you start to suck the lozenge there is a strong blackcurrant flavour. You instantly feel it coating the back of your throat and it becomes slightly numb. I also find it clears your nose so is also quite menthol as often a sore throat comes in hand with a blocked nose! As it starts to numb your throat and clear your nose the blackcurrant flavour becomes less apparent to you. However I do find the flavour rather pleasant and not at all over powering.

                  The box they come in is pretty simple in the way of design but it does do exactly what it says on the box! As with all Strepsils products the only other colour other than black on the box is the colour that symbolises the flavour in this instance a purple colour for the blackcurrant. And on the back of the box it gives you the usage directions and warnings alongside all the ingredients. It does have a warning that children could choke on the smallish lozenges which for all parents would be pretty obvious.

                  Strepsils Extra is available in cherry flavour and I have seen it in citrus menthol flavoured but have to admit to trying neither flavour as I like the blackcurrant flavour and neither of the other two flavours appeal to me. There are available in a pack of sixteen lozenges for £2.85 or a pack of thirty six for around £4. I found a box of thirty six lasted me and my partner the whole of last year and some of this year.

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                  Pain relief for sore throats / Strepsils Extra Strength Blackcurrant Lozenges contain an active ingredient for use in throat medications / It is used for the symptomatic relief of sore throat and its associated pain.